This winter we had a good amount of writers and bloggers stopping by at the Resort. Oh, what a joy it is to show them around and introduce to everything Waterville Valley Resort has to offer! Here's an article written by the columnist Gary W. Moore aboout his x-country skiing experience this January:
"Thursday was warm and sunny and I had it off. The lack of snow in the Connecticut River Valley made my XC trails icy, with rocks protruding, and not very inviting. Thus, I looked to the east on the other side of Mt. Moosilauke where I knew there was good snow and, after checking with the Waterville Valley Nordic Center, headed there. As I got east of I-93 it became apparent that I had made a good choice. Snow banks along Route 49 portended what I soon found at the resort.
I went to the Adventure Center where tickets are purchased for the trail network and where equipment can be rented and lessons arranged. There I met Leah Elliot, Nordic Center Director, and Waterville Valley Resort Communications Manager, Tatiana Baier, both of whom answered my questions about the Nordic Cent er, its trails and about the resort.
The Nordic Center has 70 km of wide, groomed trails. Most trails are double tracked with skate lanes in the middle. A few narrower trails may only be single tracked with a skate lane. I asked about skate skiing and was told by Leah that, though skating is popular, their "bread and butter is classic."
The sun was shining and I could see groomed trails leaving from the Town Square making me anxious to hit the trails. I had to pass La Tasse Cafe a few doors down from the Adventure Center on my way to my truck to get my skis. Being weak, I had to stop in for one of their delicious cranberry nut muffins and a cup of coffee. My appetite sated, I donned my skis and set out to explore the western part of the trail network.
I prefer woods skiing to that done in the open so the Swans Way and Pipeline trails were ideal. Wending through the woods and along the river, the trails are wide and smooth. I never saw another skier until I was heading back just before noon and enjoyed the solitude likely not to happen on a weekend.
Back at Town Square by 1 p.m. it was time for lunch so I walked across the square to Mulligans where I had good pub grub and a brew after which it was again time to explore some trails. It was a short drive the the north end and a parking area where I had access to more wooded trails.
I should point out that the south end of the trail network includes trails on the golf course and around the village which are much more open than those of the north end. Taken together there are trails for any ability from beginner to expert with many in the White Mountain National Forest which surrou nds the resort.
I went to Waterville for the cross country skiing but Tatiana pointed out that many visit to snowshoe or ride fat bikes, both of which are very popular and encouraged by the Adventure Center which rents bikes and snowshoes. There are many things to do when not skiing with apres ski entertainment at local restaurants and pubs and fire works every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Square.
To learn more go to: www.waterville.com/adventure-center/ where you can see the schedule of activities and find out the snow conditions.
Now I just need some time to return and explore more trails".
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THINK SNOW! BE POSITIVE! T.A.B.